This Marriage

by Elaine Edwards

This marriage is wings sails paddle rudder
harness leash tether
lifebelt and straitjacket.

This marriage is apple crumble
horlicks peanut butter beef casserole
not curry monkey brains oysters and frogs legs.

This marriage is woolen blankets
crisp sheets soft pillows
a hand holding mine in the middle of the night

This marriage is lavender rose petal cologne
jasmine peach vanilla thyme
not musk patchouli cloves or sweat

This marriage is steady flame cool waters
balmy air dulcet tones
not crackling furnace frozen wastes murky swamps

This marriage is.

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